Greetings to all who read my blog...
I am so blessed each day of my life. I sometimes want to just shout from all the rooftops THANK YOU! Don't worry, like everyone, I have my dark days too... and on those days, even knowing that the blessings surround me, it is sometimes hard to get moving and feel optimistic.
Do you struggle with things in your life? Of course you do - we all do! And it is not for anyone to judge another's struggle. We should love each other, we should emotionally and spiritually support each other whenever we can.
I took some time off from social media; and stopped checking it daily - instead, I check it weekly. And you know, I feel better. So much better. I am going to keep that practice going... because it feels good to me.
Now, what I really wanted to tell you about was how, while walking the dog a few nights ago... it had rained quite a bit... all of a sudden there were so many scents in the air.... the earthy smell of the forest after a rain... and the clean smell of the newly wet leaves.... the scent of a skunk who had ambled by some time before, and the scent of some other animals that were not too far off from where we were. I was overwhelmed by the sensation of it all. And then, as if that weren't enough - the OWLS have come back to the woods... I am sure they never really left, but the days are getting shorter, and they are more active when I am awake now, so I hear them more... there is something about the cool night air that carries their call farther... we have a pair of them that hunt together who-who-ing back and forth to each other... and on this particular night, I also heard a new voice... a smaller owl with a high pitched call that made me stop and listen. I love to walk in the woods at night, the dog is my constant companion - he protects me from the animals by making sure they all know we are coming...
I have taken my drum out into the woods at night to drum with the owls. I don't know if they care or not, but it makes me feel peaceful to drum quietly and sing while listening to the calls of the night birds and to occasionally see bright eyes shining through the woods at me. It somehow reminds me of the blessings that I always know are there, but sometimes forget to acknowledge.
Thanks for reading!